Lilian Greenwood MP, for Nottingham South has joined the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in calling for national coordination to ensure that musculoskeletal services are prioritised in the new NHS structures.
There are 9.6 million adults and around 12,000 children with musculoskeletal conditions in England, with an estimated 18,011 in each constituency[i]. There are more than 200 musculoskeletal conditions which range from back pain, joint injuries and repetitive strain injuries to rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory arthritis[ii]. More than £4.5 billion was spent by the NHS on musculoskeletal conditions in the last year[iii] - these conditions are the second biggest cause of work-limiting health problems and sickness absence in the UK, responsible for up to 10.8 million lost working days[iv], costing the economy around £7.4 billion each year[v].
Many people with these conditions need the support of physiotherapists to help them to maintain mobility through massage, electrotherapy, posture and stability training and acupuncture. The city MP recently met with physiotherapists at an event in the House of Commons to find out more about their work and the challenges that they are facing on the ground as a result of budgetary pressures.
Lilian Greenwood said “I’m delighted to be supporting the work of the CSP in Parliament. I know that physiotherapists play a vital role in the care and support of the thousands of my constituents with musculoskeletal conditions and it is crucial that these services are protected to ensure the delivery of high quality patient care.”
Donna Castle, Head of Public Affairs and Policy at the CSP said: “We welcome the support of Nottingham South’s MP, in championing the work of physiotherapists and the benefits they bring to patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Physiotherapy is both clinically and cost effective in the management and treatment of such conditions and as commissioners look at delivering increased efficiencies it is critical that the high quality, personal care that our members deliver is maintained. To ensure efficient care that delivers the best outcomes for patients across the NHS, public health and social care the Department of Health should develop a national outcomes strategy for musculoskeletal conditions.”